Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
Yesterday, Microsoft released a white paper highlighting a key challenge facing the U.S. economy – the critical and growing shortage of skilled workers able to fill the new high-skilled jobs that are being created. The white paper outlines ideas for a National Talent Strategy, including reforms in education and immigration that would help strengthen U.S. competitiveness and economic growth.
Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith helped shine a light on these challenges facing the next generation, and talked about the recommendations for action at the Brookings Institution event, “Education and Immigration Reform: Reigniting American Competitiveness and Economic Opportunity.” During the event, panelists discussed the opportunity divide facing a growing number of young people and the proposal for fostering more forward-looking education and immigration policies.
Posted by Brad SmithGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
The United States faces a growing economic challenge – a substantial and increasing shortage of individuals with the skills needed to fill the new jobs the private sector is creating. Throughout the nation and in a wide range of industries, there is an urgent demand for workers trained in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — yet there are not enough people with the necessary skills to meet that demand. Our nation faces the paradox of a crisis in unemployment at the same time that many companies cannot fill the jobs they have to offer. In addition to the short-term consequences for businesses and individuals, we risk these jobs migrating from the U.S., creating even bigger challenges for our long-term competitiveness and economic growth.
As an employer, we see these challenges first hand and are committed to doing what we can to help. One way we can help is to shine a light on these challenges and offer ideas and solutions. That’s why today we published a detailed whitepaper documenting ideas for a National Talent Strategy that would help secure U.S. competitiveness and economic growth. I also had the opportunity to discuss these ideas in a speech at the Brookings Institution today.
Posted by Josh HenretigDirector, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft
Over the weekend, the New York Times began publishing a series that looks at the environmental and local economic impacts of cloud computing. We’ve posted our perspective on these issues on the Global Foundation Services blog. We may not agree with all of the conclusions that the Times reaches, but we appreciate their attention to these important topics.
The impact of the cloud on energy and sustainability are critical issues to all cloud users and providers, and areas in which Microsoft has done a lot of work and shared our best practices for many years.
One area that we believe deserves more attention is how cloud computing—and the data centers that support it—can enable more efficient computing. Modern, state-of-the-art data centers managed by global cloud service providers are operated quite differently than smaller, older data centers managed by corporate IT departments.
As the private and public sectors look to rebuild the economy, they face the same questions: How can the United States strengthen education and American competitiveness so that the next generation will have the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy?
On Thursday, Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith will deliver keynote remarks at the Brookings Institution event, “Education and Immigration Reform: Reigniting American Competitiveness and Economic Opportunity.” In his remarks, Brad will discuss the opportunity divide facing a growing number of young people because they lack the education, skills or opportunities to succeed, and share ideas on how we can foster more forward-looking education and immigration policies.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Theresa Payton, a cyber security expert on America Now News Magazine who manages Fortalice®, LLC, a security consulting company. Ms. Payton was chief information officer at the White House from May 2006 to September 2008.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, 10 million people will be a victim of identity theft every year. Add to that, the Department of Homeland Security recently reported that they are seeing a new type of attack roughly every 90 seconds. And, in a recent study by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), less than half of the people polled said they feel safe from cyber threats and cybercrime.